Jeffrey H. Anderson Articles

The Two Anti-Obamacare Candidates?

9:18 AM, Sep 21, 2015

Jake Tapper and CNN pretended during the Republican presidential debate that Obamacare doesn’t exist.  But Republican voters won’t follow suit.  Instead, they are likely to cast their votes largely based on who looks most committed to repealing President Obama’s tenuously perched signature legislation.  

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Walker’s Pro-Life Obamacare Alternative

8:32 AM, Sep 15, 2015

One of the worst things about Obamacare is that it provides taxpayer funding of abortion.  This is one of the nearly countless reasons why Obamacare must be repealed, and it’s one of the core reasons why it is crucial for Republican presidential candidates to show they have an alternative that would lead to repeal.  So far, only Scott Walker has stepped up in this regard.  For pro-life voters, this should matter greatly.

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Walker to GOP Rivals: ‘Talk’s Cheap. Where’s Your Plan?’

7:51 AM, Sep 11, 2015

At a speech at President Reagan’s alma mater on Thursday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker challenged his GOP rivals on Obamacare.  Walker highlighted his own Obamacare alternative, promising he would send it to Congress on Day One. Observing that members of Congress “need a little incentive to get that repeal passed,” Walker said he would also take executive action that same day to end 

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A Pro-Main Street Alternative to Obamacare

3:22 PM, Sep 03, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has long observed that Obamacare, which President Obama pitched as a great deal for Americans of all stripes, is really only for the near-poor and near-elderly—at the expense of the middle class and the youn

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Obstacles to Repeal on the Right

2:24 PM, Sep 01, 2015

So far, the Republican presidential contest has been light on Obamacare, with Scott Walker — who has essentially championed the 2017 Project’s “Winning Alternative to Obamacare” — providing a noteworthy exception.  Since Obamacare is the biggest issue of Barack Obama’s presidency, why are most GOP candidates shying away from talking about their plans to bring about its full repeal?  The answer, in part, is that while almost all Tea Partiers and most grassroots Republicans are fully committed to repeal, two groups within the Republican party or the conservative (or libertarian) movement are either not fully dedicated to the cause or are actively working against it.

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The President Who Gets to Name Mountains

9:02 AM, Sep 01, 2015

One of the most disturbing aspects of living through the Obama presidency is reading every week or two about some new decision that has been decreed by the executive branch rather than voted upon by the legislative branch.  Time and again, things that — in a constitutional republic — should be decided by the people’s representatives are instead being decided by a man who never again has to face the people’s verdict, or by those serving underneath him and at his discretion.  This is not the way America is supposed to work.

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Walker’s Obamacare Alternative: Setting the Record Straight

1:30 PM, Aug 26, 2015

On August 18, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker became the first leading Republican presidential candidate to release a full-fledged Obamacare alternative. Walker’s alternative would fully repeal Obamacare and provide the sort of real reform for which Americans have lo

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Don’t Forget Obamacare

Aug 24, 2015

The opening Republican presidential debate was a spirited affair, but missing was any serious discussion of Obamacare, the domestic centerpiece of Barack Obama’s presidency. The moderators asked only two Obamacare-related questions. One elicited Donald Trump’s assertion that a government monopoly over health care “works” in Canada and “works incredibly well” in Scotland.

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What Washington Has Wrought on Illegal Immigration

7:27 AM, Aug 11, 2015

About five hours south of San Francisco, where Kate Steinle was murdered in broad daylight by an illegal immigrant, another illegal immigrant has been charged with raping and savagely beating an Air Force veteran to death with a hammer.  According to police, Marilyn Pharis, 64, was sleeping in her Santa Maria, California home in the late morning — after having worked the night sh

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What Cecil the Lion and the Planned Parenthood Videos Have in Common

10:43 AM, Aug 03, 2015
While liberals have expressed their outrage at the cruel killing of Cecil the Lion while mostly ignoring the grisly Planned Parenthood videos, the response from conservative pundits has largely been to emphasize the moral hierarchy of the two crimes. Conservatives have argued that what Planned Parenthood does is worse than what Cecil’s killer did — and it is. But in focusing their efforts on ranking the wrongs, conservatives are missing a good opportunity to highlight the similarities, which are more damning than the contrasts. Read more

Press Corps Confusion: Obamacare Is ‘Dismal’ for Democrats, yet Repeal Is ‘Untenable’

8:04 AM, Jul 09, 2015

The mainstream press corps and (at least privately) many Republicans officeholders have adopted two seemingly irreconcilable positions.  They claim Obamacare is politically toxic for Democrats yet is somehow immune to repeal by Republicans (even after President Obama leaves office).  A recent piece by National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar perfectly illustrates this confusion.  Kraushaar observes that “the polit

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Obamacare Takes Center Stage

8:10 AM, Jun 30, 2015

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v.

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Now, Focus on Repeal

1:20 PM, Jun 25, 2015

The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell is disappointing. But it also provides a welcome moment of clarity: We can finally dispense with the false belief that the Supreme Court will save us from Obamacare.

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Will GOP Senators Cave on the Medical Device Tax Like the House Did?

8:53 AM, Jun 20, 2015

After the Democrats passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote, Republicans generally (and wisely) united around the notion that they shouldn’t pursue partial repeal or “fixes” to Obamacare.  Rather than willingly giving Obamacare a newly bipartisan sheen, they publicly committed to repealing it in full.  (The only exception to this partial-repeal moratorium was supposed to be

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WSJ's Bad Advice: In Response to King, Republicans Should Try to Fix Obamacare

10:46 AM, May 26, 2015

In the initial years following Obamacare’s passage, Republicans remained solidly united on one crucial point:  Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced, not “fixed.”  But some Republicans and center-right pundits have since decided that trying to fix the president’s signature legislation is a good thing.  Witness this advice from the Wall Street Journal editorial board.  The Journal calls for a “subsidies-for-deregulation deal”

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Scott Walker Versus the Wall St. Journal on Immigration

8:27 AM, Apr 27, 2015

According to Gallup, only 7 percent of Americans want immigration levels to increase, while 86 percent either want them to remain at current levels (47 percent) or decrease (39 percent).  With most current and prospective Republican presidential candidates tripping over each other to vie for that 7 percent, it would seem to be good politics for a candidate to break from the pack and speak for the other 86 percent essentially unopposed.  That’s more of less what Scott Walker has done over the past week.

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Walker’s Smart Play on Immigration

9:29 AM, Apr 22, 2015

Scott Walker’s recent comments suggesting that the United States’s policy on legal immigration should be focused on what’s good for American workers — a seemingly obvious point that nevertheless has ruffled feathers — offers further evidence of the Wiscon

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Jeff Sessions’s Strong Stance on Immigration

10:20 AM, Apr 17, 2015

If there is anything that liberals and Big Business can seemingly agree upon, it’s that we don’t need an approach to immigration that benefits Main Street.  It remains to be seen whether anyone running for president will seize this opening and buck the liberal-corporate consensus, but in the meantime Sen. Jeff Sessions has been ably holding down the fort against Democrats and Republicans alike.  As his partial reward, he just received the wrath of the New York Times editorial board.

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A Conservative Case for Preparing for King v. Burwell

11:25 AM, Apr 09, 2015

Now that the Supreme Court has held its oral arguments in King v.

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Ted Cruz, the Anti-Obama

3:45 PM, Mar 24, 2015

The Wall Street Journal editorial board greets the announcement of Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy by taking the Texas senator to task for, of all things, being too much like President Obama.  The Journal notes that both men decided to launch a White House run as a 40-something first-term senator without executive experience and with some background in constitutional law (Cruz as a prominent constitutional lawyer who frequently won cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Obama as a part-time law school instructor).  The larger point of the piece, however, is to question whether Cruz could win or could govern if he did, and the comparison with Obama doesn’t help make the Journal’s case.

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Obamacare Turns Five, Awaits Repeal

Two hundred straight polls have found Obamacare to be unpopular.
6:04 AM, Mar 23, 2015

It has now been five years since President Obama signed Obamacare into law — and more than two years and two months since any poll found it to be popular.  The last time a poll found Obamacare to be popular was during Obama’s first term. 

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Past Their Expiration Dates

Did Jeb and Hillary wait too long?
Mar 23, 2015

The consensus across America, and perhaps especially along the I-95 corridor, seems to be that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are on a nearly inevitable collision course, with one or the other poised to be declared president-elect on November 8, 2016. At a minimum, they are viewed as the frontrunners—or, in Bush’s case, the co-frontrunner—for their parties’ nominations.

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CBO: Obamacare to Hit Only 65 Percent of 2015 Coverage Target

6:23 AM, Mar 20, 2015

Given that Obamacare’s supporters like to take the Congressional Budget Office’s overly optimistic scoring of the president’s signature legislation as gospel, it’s fun to look at how poorly Obamacare is actually doing in relation to earlier CBO projections.  When the Democrats rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote, the CBO said that the unpopular overhaul would lead to a net increase of 26 million people with health insurance by 2015 (15 million through Medicaid plus 13 million through the Obamacare exchanges minus 2 million who would otherwise have had private insurance but wouldn’t because of Obamacare).

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Sasse Steps Up

10:05 AM, Mar 05, 2015

Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who rode his opposition to Obamacare to a seat in the Senate, has introduced legislation that should help Republicans avoid turning a potential victory at the Supreme Court into a defeat for the cause of repeal.  Sasse’s bill, introduced yesterday evening, is designed to keep Republican governors and state legislators from setting up state-based exchanges in the wak

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A Court Rebuke, Then Effective Repeal and Replacement?

9:34 AM, Mar 04, 2015

Five years ago this month — on the night the Democrats passed Obamacare through the House without a single Republican vote — Paul Ryan proclaimed on the House floor, “This moment may mark a temporary conclusion of the health-care debate, but its place in history has not yet been decided.  If this passes, the quest to reclaim the American idea is not over.  The fight to reapply our founding principles is not finished.  It is just a steeper hill to climb, and it is a climb that we will make!”

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Jeb Bush: Repealing Obamacare Not a Top Five Agenda Item

10:01 AM, Feb 28, 2015

Over the past few days at CPAC, Sean Hannity has asked various prospective Republican presidential candidates to list their “top five agenda items.” Former governor Jeb Bush’s list did not include repealing Obamacare.

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Poll: Voters Want a Conservative Alternative in Response to King v. Burwell

12:09 PM, Feb 26, 2015

Next Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether the Obama administration has been illegally providing taxpayer-funded subsidies in 36 states under the guise of implementing Obamacare, and there’s been much debate about what Congress should do if the Court rules that the administration’s actions have been lawless.  A new McLaughlin & Associates poll, commissioned by

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Instead of Obamacare

Feb 23, 2015

Obamacare is an affront to American principles. It amounts to an unprecedented consolidation of money and control in the hands of the federal bureaucracy. It forces private citizens to buy a product or service of the government’s choosing for the first time in history, and it bans millions of Americans who would otherwise choose to buy or keep other products or services from doing so. It costs trillions when we already owe trillions. A nation “conceived in liberty” is now operating under a health care law predicated on coercion.

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Lincoln on Why We Shouldn’t Have a ‘Presidents Day’

Happy birthday, Mr. President.
1:51 PM, Feb 12, 2015

On Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which really does merit a federal holiday, it’s worth noting that there is no federal holiday called “Presidents’ Day” — nor should there be.  The lone federal holiday in February is “Washington’s Birthday

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Obamacare’s Neglect of the Middle Class

The left falsely portrays Obamacare while attacking Burr-Hatch-Upton.
9:02 AM, Feb 09, 2015

The Huffington Post’s Jeffrey Young and Jonathan Cohn declare that “putting together a real Obamacare alternative will take more time — and more genuine interest — than Republicans have.”  In truth, such Obamacare alternatives are already available to Republicans.  These include the 2017 Project’s “Winning Alternative to Obamacare,” which helped Ed Gillespie almost pull off a huge upset victory in last year’s Virginia Senate race, and the newly released Burr-Hatch-Upton alternative, an updated version of last year’s Burr-Coburn-Hatch proposal.

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